Study Italian in Italy! For more than a decade, students have studied abroad in the summer at the Umbra Institute. Located in Perugia, Italy (called “the big university town in the small Italian city”), the Umbra Institute’s summer program in Italian offers students the chance to learn Italian (and get to know the real Italy) both inside and outside of the classroom.
Italian Language & Culture Program. Led by Connecticut College Professor Robert Proctor, students earn 8 credits in Italian language while studying in Perugia during one of its most captivating seasons. The program last six weeks and concludes during Umbria Jazz, Perugia’s world-famous annual jazz festival.
Dates: May 30th – July12th
The six-week Intensive Italian through Culture program is conducted entirely in Italian and is open to all students. Students meet five days per week for five contact hours each day, totaling 100 contact hours. Student also participate in co-curricular cultural activities for an additional five hours per week, totaling 20 contact hours. In total, the program contact time is 120 hours.
The organization of the daily program includes:
• Language Instruction (comprehension)
• Language Exercises (application)
• Conversation (integration)
In the Language Exercise and Conversation sessions, the emphasis is on speaking, oral comprehension, and vocabulary. Each session is conducted with a limited number of students per class to allow for individualized attention. Periodically, the two sessions will be combined into one to allow for the viewing and discussion of a film in Italian, excursions to local galleries, cultural exhibits, or language exchanges with international students who are studying the Italian language. The Umbra Institute also organizes Tandem, a language and cultural exchange between American and Italian university students to promote inter-cultural and social engagement through a variety of activities such as dinners and games.
Students actively participate both in-class and during interactive co-curricular cultural activities, many of them with Italian students. They include language exchanges, cinema nights, day trips, concerts during the Umbria Jazz festival, museum visits, and guided tours in Italian.
Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine their appropriate Italian level. They can then choose from the following four courses:
Italian 111S Intensive Elementary Italian – 8 credits (for students with little to no prior Italian studies)
Italian 211S Intensive Intermediate Italian – 8 credits
Italian 311S Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Italian – 8 credits
Italian 411S Intensive Advanced Italian – 8 credits
**Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine their appropriate Italian level.
Note that students in Advanced Italian cover some aspects of Italian literature, in addition to grammar and conversation.
Student Life The student body is made up of around 100 American and Italian college students. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within 10 minutes’ walking distance of the Institute. There is no meal plan, but apartments have full kitchens. All apartments have WiFi access. You will enjoy the vibrant city of Perugia and love the international Umbria Jazz festival in July.
Want to know how to apply? The Umbra Institute is an affordable option for summer study. To learn more about the updated fees for studying abroad on summer ’14, fill out this form for more information, with no obligation. It will go directly to Professor Proctor.
“The intensive Italian through culture program was the perfect fit for me; Perugia is a unique city that is not dominated or overwhelmed by tourists or by tourist influence. This gave me the opportunity to really appreciate and experience Italy’s true beauty, as well as expand my knowledge of the Italian language and culture while becoming friendly with locals and other university students.”
Please feel free to contact Jessica to ask about her experience!
“Perugia is the perfect place to meet Italians and learn about the language and culture. Living in Italy together helped us all to create such bonding memories of that country’s beautiful landscape, its fantastic food, its rich history and culture, and, of course, its amazing people!”
“Every day there was a new wonder of Perugia to be discovered and a new great aspect of Italian culture to learn and adopt. The Umbra Institute made it possible to become not only fluent in the Italian language, but an integral part of the Perugian culture as well.”
Please feel free to contact Mary to ask about her experience!